Our drive from Sycamore, IL to our first stop in Wisconsin was easy peezy. It was under two hours. We got onto Interstate 90 at Rockford and drove north for about an hour until the exit for the Hidden Valley RV Resort on State Highway 59 between Edgerton (hometown of Pro Golfer Steve Stricker) and Milton, across the street from Lake Koshkonong. We were about 30-minutes south of Madison and a little over an hour south and west from Milwaukee. The closest biggish town was Janesville, a few miles to our south.
The RV Park was very nice. There were about 200 spots, and about half of those were full-time seasonal campers or mini mobile home ‘cabins’. The full time seasonal spots were individually owned, and the rotating spots (like ours) were managed by the campground office. There were plenty of amenities to take advantage of, such as disc golf, pool and hot tub, a snack bar/ restaurant, walking trail, golf carts for rent, etc. We stayed at this spot for 2 weeks. The place was super busy each weekend but things cleared out considerably during the weekdays.
I selected lots of photos from this stop, so I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story on this post.
A view of the vineyard and other fields at Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal estate of Taliesin near Spring Green, WI. I drove over by myself one Sunday afternoon to take a tour.
The bird walk at Taliesin (and another view of the beautiful landscape on all sides of the house).
This water tower is called Romeo and Juliet. Frank Lloyd Wright’s sister asked him to design one for their boarding school compound, and this is what he designed.
The Wisconsin River outside of Spring Green, WI.
A classic bell tower in downtown Milwaukee.
Another classic building in downtown Milwaukee.
Some public landscaping art in downtown Milwaukee.
More pretty architecture in downtown Milwaukee.
All the baby geese are getting bigger as spring turns into summer.
Downtown Milwaukee from the shore of Lake Michigan.
A cargo ship and a sailboat heading out to Lake Michigan.
The Third Ward District in downtown Milwaukee is an historic warehouse district that backs up to the water. The buildings have been converted to residential lofts, and some lucky folks get to park their boats out back.
Brewers Stadium. It is not located in downtown, so we just snapped a photo as we passed by on the highway.
This was the outdoor section of the restaurant that was closest to our campground. We enjoyed hamburgers there on Memorial Day, and picked up a full rack of smoked ribs to take home on another afternoon. It was called Lakeview Campground and Bar. Guests could arrive by car or boat.
We didn’t want to stand in line for a photo with the Wiener Mobile, so we just snapped a shot of another family getting ready to pose.
This was the cooking station in back of the Brats Tent at Brat Fest. Outside of the tent they had an electronic billboard flashing the number of brats sold since the beginning of the festival. When we were there on Memorial Day, it was up to 130,750.
One of the music stages at Brat Fest. There were four in total. Three of them were facing each other from opposite sides of a big field. They were a little too close together, so the sound all combined together into one LOUD mishmash of noise. Mike had one beer, I had one order of ice cream – then we bailed on the festival and drove to the lake.
After a walking tour of Madison we stopped at a sidewalk café for some drinks and an appetizer. This cool motorcycle dude passed by us with his super cool dog riding shotgun. The girls at the next table started taking photos of them with their phones. The biker dude loved the attention. When the light turned green, he wasn’t done with the spotlight, so he circled the block and came back to pose for more pictures during the next red light.
The Wisconsin Capitol.
Lake Mendota, on the western side of downtown Madison.
The University of Wisconsin campus has a beautiful walking trail along the lake.
We think this was the location of the University of Wisconsin commons or union area. There is a food court area and beer carts located along the lakefront. Brightly painted tables and big picnic tables are located at the water’s edge. It was such a fun and pleasant atmosphere on the Saturday afternoon that we visited. Of course, the gorgeous weather didn’t hurt anything.
I didn’t have to worry about finding a farmer’s market near our campground because this old farmer brought his trailer of goods directly to us!
After we left Brat Fest in Madison, we drove back to the Sunset Bar and Grill on Lake Koshkonong. They had a live band and lively crowd that we enjoyed watching for a couple of hours.
Sunset Bar and Grille on Lake Koshkonong. This is where I learned about pig wings. YUM!
Our campground had a disc golf course. It was 9 holes of wide-open grass field. I am the most awful disc golf player. When I let loose of the disc, it flies sideways. I give lots of credit to Mike who constantly encourages me instead of laughing into hysterics. Not sure I would be able to do the same.
Our campground had two cute little cabins for non-camping campers.
There was a trail around the edge of the campground, so it was easy to walk the dogs in the mornings and evenings.
Mike and Piper discussing the drive up from Sycamore, IL.
A super full campground over Memorial Day weekend.
When we arrived on the Tuesday before Memorial Day, the campground was almost empty. One of the campground workers told us the place would be totally full over the coming weekend. I didn’t believe him. Turns out he knew what he was talking about!
Our spot was #221 on the last aisle up against the asparagus field of a neighboring farm.
The view from our bedroom (asparagus).
A selfie by the pool at our campground.